Run by the affable Mauro Lorenzon, himself as much a Venetian institution as his wine bar, Enoiteca Mascareta has been a neighborhood favorite for decades now. It began as a wine bar with some light fare but today serves a full menu, although locals will tell you it's best to avoid the peak dinner hours and come for the wine before 8 p.m. or after 11 p.m. The wine-by-the-glass menu changes daily and is posted on a chalkboard on the wall, and nearly always features mostly regional wines from northeast Italy, many of which are organic. If you don't like any of the specials on the wall, a glass from any bottle on the wine list also can be ordered. If the variety is too much, ask Lorenzon or one of his friendly staff for their suggestion. The food is also very good, and the entire atmosphere is relaxed with a local feel to it. For a true Venetian neighborhood-style drinking experience, this is the place to go.
If you want local wine hang out with Mauro Lorenzon
Mauro Lorenzon is a character. He is almost always there wearing his bowtie and talking up natural wine. Keep the food orders simple, ask for recommendations and drink Mauro's wine. We showed up for a quick bite and left with a free bottle of wine after almost 3 hours.